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GCN Circular 20588

GRB 170202A: Xinglong 2.16m photometry and spectroscopic redshift
2017-02-03T07:31:00Z (7 years ago)
Dong Xu at NAOC/CAS <>
D. Xu (NAOC), Y. Qin (Geneva Observatory), Y.D. Hu (IAA-CSIC), H.J. 
Wang, H. Wu, M. He, H.X. Feng, Z.P. Zhu (NAOC) report:

We observed the optical afterglow of GRB 170202A (Racusin et al., GCN 
20575) using the 2.16-m telescope at Xinglong, Hebei, China, equipped 
with the BFOSC camera. The observation started at 18:59:32 UT on 
2017-02-02  (i.e., 31.5 mins after the BAT trigger), 4x120s R-band 
photometry was obtained, followed by 1x3600s spectroscopy using the 
G4+385LP grism setting, covering the wavelength of ~3600 - 8500 AA.

The optical afterglow has m(R)~18.0 mag from the first R-band exposure, 
calibrated with the nearby SDSS stars.

Preliminary analysis shows that the spectrum is featured by a prominent 
Lyman_alpha trough, a Lyman forest blue to the trough, together with Si 
IV, C IV and other potential absorption lines red to the trough, all at 
a common redshift of z = 3.65. This redshift value is consistent with 
measurement in de Ugarte Postigo et al. (GCN 20584).
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